The £200,000 GTD Genting Poker Series Grand Final tournament will go on as scheduled from December 5 to 9, 2012. But while the date and time remain unchanged, tournament host Genting Casinos UK announced that the venue for the highly anticipated tournament has been moved to the Fox Poker Club, London’s biggest dedicated poker venue. The decision to move the venue from the Palm Beach Casino appeared to have been done as a way to accommodate what is expected to be a large field expected to play in what is now shaping up to be a week-long poker festival.
In addition to the £200,000 main event, tournament organizers have penciled in a variety of new side events, including a number of Hold’em tournaments, Pot Limit Omaha, and for the first time in GPS history, a £5,000 entry High Roller tournament that will undoubtedly catch the eye of plenty of poker professionals.
Fox Poker Club Marketing Manager Nick Van de Weyer expressed his excitement over the return of the Genting Poker Series to the iconic poker venue after the second leg of the GPS was played there earlier this year and won by 72-year-old Albert Sapiano. “Leg 2 at the Fox earlier this year was such an amazing event that it was oversubscribed and we are glad that the Series has continued to make waves across the country before returning to London for this Grand Final,” Van de Weyer said.
“This move is essential to accommodate the mixture of U.K. and International players who are expected to attend both the Main Event, cash games and side events which include a High Roller event for the first time in the Series.”
Staging the tournament at the Fox Poker Club also answers a number of questions that would’ve arisen had the event been held at the Palm Beach Casino, particularly the accommodation of a large number of players that will now look to play more than just the main event. Hendon Mob player Joe Beavers was one of the many players who voiced their support over the venue change. “It is great to hear that the GPS Grand Final will now be held there in December,” he said.
“As London’s only dedicated poker club it will be able to cope better with the large number of players that converge on London’s West End for this much anticipated tournament.”